My son is 4 months old. Since he was first born he has shown some of the signs of silent reflux - "chew his cud", snacking, catnapping, frequent night waking, restless sleeper, appears to be snuffly and wheezey at times.
Time went on and now sometimes when feeding his little tummy and insides gurgle, groan and squeal and then a few seconds later he comes off and starts screaming. His whole little body shakes, he thrashes his arms and legs around, arches his back and is inconsolable for 5-10 minutes and then he wants to feed again. Sometimes when I lay him down you can hear him gagging, and his tummy gurgling but he doesn't throw up. You just hear him chewing on it and swallowing. This doesn't matter how long after a feed.
The thing is he doesn't do all of these things all the time, or even consistently. The screaming when feeding is mainly the "going to bed feed". We feed to sleep.
A lot of these things I just put down to being normal and he'd come out of it with time - eg frequent feeding, catnapping, all the night wakings and because we had latch issues when we first started breastfeeding, I assumed maybe he'd slipped a little and gulped some air and that was why he'd occasionally come off screaming during a feed.
Sometimes he'll have a great day, and happily lay flat on his playmat, go down in his cot for naps easily after being fed to sleep and be very happy and content.
Other days he will be a screaming crying mess unless I have him upright against me, so I spend a lot of time with him in the wrap. If I try to get him in the cot he will fall asleep happily in my arms but when I lay him down he screams.
Nights are rubbish regardless of what kind of day we've had, with waking up anything from every 20 mins to every 2 hours. He usually naps for 30-40 mins through the day, and will often wake up crying so I put him in the wrap and he will sleep some more.
He randomly started going 1-1.5 hours for his daysleeps and did that for about two weeks, until he had his 4 month needles and this all flared up again with all of the symptoms of silent reflux showing up all together and I finally clicked that maybe it's silent reflux.
Our GP prescribed omeprazole and he's had it for 4 nights now. No difference but I'm expecting it to take a bit longer if it's going to work. Especially if he has irritation from the tummy acids.
I'm just so confused because until this week the "signs" of silent reflux were sporadic. He would only do a few of the things here and there and suddenly it got much worse. Some days hes perfectly content, others he's a screaming mess where all the signs point to silent reflux and I'm so sure that's what's wrong.
If the medicine works, great it's silent reflux and we'll give him the medicine and take him to the chiro. But if it's not and he's just been out of sorts from the needles and all the other signs could mean something else entirely I don't want to be giving him medicine.
Please help - does this sound like reflux? CMPI? Something else? Do reflux babies only do all the symptomatic things sometimes or all the time?